Are you curious about dental fluoride treatments and wonder why your dentist recommends using fluoride? At The Accolade Dental Centre in Yorkville, we offer fluoride treatments because they can help protect your teeth and oral health!
What are Dental Fluoride Treatments?
Dental fluoride treatments are a quick and painless way to help protect your teeth.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that helps make your teeth more resistant to decay.
Fluoride treatments can prevent or even reverse tooth decay by re-mineralizing the tooth enamel – making it stronger.
Fluoride is naturally found in water, soil and some foods.
In Canada, it is also added to most public drinking water.
You can also use toothpastes and mouth rinses with added fluoride in them at home.
Your dentist may recommend fluoride treatment for your teeth if they feel you are at risk for cavities or decay and could benefit from additional protection.
Is there a risk of too much fluoride?
Dental fluorosis is causes when higher than optimal amounts of fluoride are ingested in early childhood.
It causes white spots on the teeth. It is not a concern for the majority of children.
When should my child start using fluoride treatments or fluoridated toothpaste?
Before the age of three, you should consult with your dentist about whether your child has an increased risk of tooth decay or cavities that would indicate additional fluoride is advisable.
At three years, you can introduce toothpastes with fluoride in them under adult supervision to ensure the toothpaste is not swallowed.
Just a small amount of toothpastes is needed – about the size of a pea.